Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.85
Liaison Amy Butler
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Michigan State University
IN-11: Grounds Certification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Amy Butler
Campus Sustainability Director
MSU Sustainability
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Does the institution own and/or manage land that is currently certified under the following programs? (at least one positive response required):
Yes or No
Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP) or ACSP for Golf No
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Forest Management standard No
National Wildlife Federation’s Certified Wildlife Habitat Program No
An IFOAM-endorsed organic standard or Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) No
Salmon-Safe No
Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) No
Tree Campus USA (Arbor Day Foundation) Yes
Bee Campus USA No
An equivalent program approved by AASHE No

A brief description of institution owned and/or managed land that is currently third party certified under one or more of the programs listed above, including the year each certification was achieved and/or renewed:

The main campus of MSU became certified as Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in 2017.  In addition to this certification; MSU has launched a unique program that commemorates and reuses this wood from felled trees into furniture and art, called the MSU Shadows Program.  https://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20160811/NEWS01/160819973/michigan-state-university-effort-turns-felled-trees-into-furniture. The program is called ""MSU Shadows,"" a nod to the name of the school's alma mater. The Department of Forestry, the W.J. Beal Botanical Garden and Campus Arboretum, Landscape Services and several Michigan artists are involved. They hope to use it as a model for other communities.http://btn.com/2016/11/12/michigan-states-trees-cast-mighty-shadows-btn-livebig/.  The program also supports ongoing research using the campus as a living laboratory - “Many of the trees that are growing here on the MSU campus actually pre-date the campus,” says Telewski, who is also a professor of plant biology. “We have found trees that are potentially over 350 years old.”

Telewski notes that the trees of Michigan State represent more than a beautiful landscape; campus plant life is an important teaching and research tool for the college. In 2013 alone, over $10,000,000 in research, ranging from how insects utilize the flora to creating root rot resistant Cherry trees, utilized the trees and plants found on campus. https://msushadows.com/
https://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2018/msu-receives-2017-tree-campus-usa-recognition/


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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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